Yankees Trade For Giancarlo Stanton – Internet Reacted With Crazy Stats, Silly Potential And Memes
The New York Yankees have had a few of the most prolific home run-thrashing duos in MLB history with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as well as Roger Marris and Mickey Mantle. Now they may have another in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. The Yankees and Miami Marlins have a blockbuster deal in place that would send the 28-year-old slugger to the Bronx.
How did we get here? Miami had deals in place with the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, but Stanton nixed going to both of those great baseball towns. The 2017 National League MVP has a no-trade clause and refused to go to either of those teams. Instead, Stanton named the Dodgers, Cubs, Astros, and Yankees as the only teams that he would accept a trade to. This severely hampered Marlins management which includes Derek Jeter, who is the team’s CEO. The Marlins are trying to get out of a reported $400 million in debt by trading off one of their greatest franchise players. With only three teams to compete against, the Yankees stepped up their interest in the NL home run king after being shunned by intriguing Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani.
The Yankees are said to send Starlin Castro to the Marlins as well as several prospects. Sources report that New York will not be giving up any of their top-tier prospects such as Gleyber Torres (Who will eventually replace Casto), Justus Sheffield or Estevan Florial. Joel Sherman is reporting that the Marlins will receive minor league pitcher Jorge Guzman, who is the No. 9 Yankees prospect and has an 80-grade fastball, and 18-year-old shortstop Jose Devers, who is a top 50 prospect for the Yankees and Rafael Devers’ cousin.
The 27-year-old Castro had a very nice 2017 season with a .300 batting average, 16 home runs, a career-best OPS of .792, and a .973 fielding percentage at second base. Castro has about two years and $22.8 million left, with a 2020 Club Option of $16 million that includes a $1 million buyout. The Marlins apparently couldn’t get a massive haul for the slugging Stanton because his contract has potential to be a financial albatross, especially for a small market team like the Marlins. Staton is set to make $295 million over the next 10 years, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, reports that the Yankees are picking up between $260-273 million of the $295 million. Stanton has a 2020 opt-out. The Yankees have been trying to get under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold for 2018. By taking on Giancarlo’s $25,000,000 salary and trying to fill out the roster, yet stay under $197 million will be no easy task for newly re-signed Yanks GM Brian Cashman. New manager Aaron Boone probably isn’t complaining.
The 2018 Yankee lineup will feature their version of the bash brothers: Aaron Judge, who hit 52 home runs last season, and Stanton who hit 59 dingers. Plus they’ll also have power-hitting Gary Sanchez in the middle of that modern-day murderer’s row. For Yankees fans, this is an insanely generous early Christmas present. For Yankees haters, this is a dreary day and a frightening sign that the Evil Empire is back in business after a very short hiatus. The internet reacted to the crazy news of the Yankees acquiring Staton with unbelievable stats, the silly potential, and memes.